The Yomiuri ShimbunPrime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump have agreed to closely watch North Korea’s future movements, stressing that it is important for Pyongyang to take concrete actions for denuclearization.
The two leaders spoke by telephone for 30 minutes on Saturday night, discussing Friday’s inter-Korean summit talks in which South Korean President Moon Jae In and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed on “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”
Abe told reporters in front of the Prime Minister’s Official Residence that he and Trump welcomed the agreement, calling it “a historic step toward the peace and stability of Northeast Asia.”
Abe said he and Trump talked about the content of the inter-Korean summit talks, which the U.S. president was briefed on by Moon via telephone.
The following are a summary of Abe’s comments after his telephone talks with Trump.
■ Trump and I shared the view that the inter-Korean summit meeting is a positive move toward the comprehensive solution of unresolved issues involving North Korea, including denuclearization, and we should welcome it as a historic step toward the peace and stability of Northeast Asia.
■ What is important is whether North Korea will take concrete action. I agreed on this view [with Trump], too. We also agreed to closely watch North Korea’s future movements.
■ With Japan and the United States playing a leading role, maximum pressure has been applied on North Korea, which prompted [North Korea’s] positive move. The basic policy of Japan and the United States remains unchanged.
■ I want to promote cooperation between Japan and the United States as well as among Japan, the United States and South Korea to ensure the success of the U.S.-North Korea summit talks [scheduled to be held by early June]. I am also committed to helping resolve pending issues over North Korea in cooperation with China, Russia and the international community.Speech